30 minutes past Col de Roncevaux to Chalet Pedro
7:30 am to 7:30 PM
The Pyrenees are steep and they are kicking my butt. And we haven’t hit the high Pyrenees yet. Yikes. The views have been grand so that is the reward.
It was really windy last night. That made everything super dry but it was also very noisy. Luckily we were somewhat protected by the trees.
This morning we finished the climb out of Roncevaux. It’s so much easier with fresh legs. At the top of the climb who do we see putting on her pack? Wired!
We had 2 major climbs and the 2nd one had some frustrating navigation challenges. We are still learning when to use the various resources we have to find our way.
There aren’t a lot of water sources out here and they are definitely a factor in deciding how far to go each day. Just because the day is harder than expected we can’t just stop and camp if we haven’t been carrying enough water.
Jim and I had planned to eat dinner at Chalet Pedro, our end point for the day. It’s a restaurant/bar/accommodation place on the GR10. It was closed. We missed it by 30 minutes. Bummer. I wanted a shower more than food. The owners weren’t around so we got nothing. We are all camped nearby and washed up in the creek. I’m tired and clean enough to sleep well.
Hi Nancy, I am really enjoying your photos from the Pyrenees, keep them coming!
Such a shame you did not investigate le kayolar, just along from ch. Pedro .. *much* nicer place! No accommodation but you can camp outside. They cooked me the only proper breakfast i had on the whole hrp! See: http://pyreneeshrp.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/hrp-day-6.html?m=1
Climb, climb, climb. Descend, descend, descend. -Apparently the views are worth it!!
Hopefully you can get into a better rhythm with your food stops.
I hope so. Lots of refuges with food coming up.
Loving the views!
But your legs are bringing us the views..
some of the later entries in that blog may help you decide where to stop etc 🙂
Before I left home I read your blog and took notes. Especially about the food and where you stayed. And then I left my notes at home. If I have time in Gavarnie I will read it again. Thanks for being so thorough.